Comments on: What’s the real story behind the Rick Perry ‘case?’ Steven Brill Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 hourly 1 By: Greek369 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:28 +0000 There is another “category of stories” behind the scene.

Ahead of State Elections for Governor and States Attorney General Offices, are the favorites or front runners involved in any of the 400 active cases of ethical breaches, tax and insurance fraud that needs continued funding. Should they be?

Is Governor Perry, by cutting off funding attempting to influence or delay such investigations until after the elections?

For example, current States Attorney General Gregory Wayne Abbott (front runner and Republican for Governors Office) resides over an issue handed down by Governor Bush. Caught in a quagmire between preexisting law and abuses that affected what the department calls “Dead Beat Dads”. Incoming Attorney General Abbott expanded Family Laws to include a form of Entrapment.

These changes in Texas Family Law entraps divorced men forcing them to pay Child Support on children not fathered by a man divorcing a woman who previously reared children with a different man.

A recent suit and claims approaching $20M filed by Anthony de Kerf (a California resident) documents nearly fifteen years of stonewalling and abuses that include both the Governor and Attorney Generals Offices.

These documents which details a history of fraud, forgery and departmental neglect were made available to Texas media and members of the Fox News Network earlier in 2014. In response to continuing frivolous suits filed by members of the Dallas Attorney Generals Office, these documents were entered into public record in July 2014.

Perhaps Governor Perry was motivated by several other agenda’s including protecting the entire Attorney Generals Office and Courts that violate due process and civil rights as a matter of policy.

By: VinnieTheSnake Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:38:41 +0000 Trying to explain Texas is a fool’s errand.

By: Dogmabites Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:05:10 +0000 Yep…Pretty lame and I can’t stand Perry and I still say it’s just lame as hell…

By: Flyingdutchman2 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:53:27 +0000 I like to know if Mike Segar has ties to the governor of Texas aka tricky Ricky that he is not disclosing.

By: Mott Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:57:54 +0000 Reuters censor team – where do the posted comments on this article go, as none of posted seems to appear?

By: 100Watts Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:38:02 +0000 Who the heck is this Steven Brill? Pretty clear to anyone with knowledge of facts that this guy is biased having glossed over or completely ignored significant truths. Guess I expected more of Reuters as an unbiased investigative source than a rehash of some Faux News talking points nonsense. So much for that…

By: WanderingCPA Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:05:49 +0000 The courts seem to be the current front in the endless political wars. Between Boehner suing Obama and the State of Texas indicting Perry it makes the era of the special prosecutor (e.g., Lawrence E. Walsh,Kenneth Starr, etc.) seem quaint.

By: Burns0011 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:53:38 +0000 What the writer of this article fails to realize is that the power to veto budget line items should be used for the betterment of the state of Texas, not for the personal or political vendettas of the Governor.

Also, previously in Texas history, a sitting Governor has been impeached for doing *exactly* what Gov. Perry did, which was withholding authorized funding because of a personal dislike of the individual holding the office *and* saying that funding would remain unavailable until the individual left.

So yes, Gov. Perry does in fact have to stand trial for this, as a message to future governors that they cannot willy-nilly use the budget line item veto to blackmail office holders into performing *any* particular course of action.

By: Mott Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:44:42 +0000 In the past we never saw cases such as – holding corrupt banks accountable, abuse of power and actions driven by hatred-ness toward democrats and such.

In the current times, we’ve started seeing both the above types of cases for the first time, with the use of data records in the electronic form and the related that have made this form of indisputable accounting prevail over traditional form of justice that relied on debate-skill driven arguments, the latter form of which lacking much substance in the form of data-driven accounting.

TX is known notorious for these forms of abuse given its history of electoral district boundary redraw and other that are representative of shear abuse of power.

By: Bob9999 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 21:01:13 +0000 The part about the indictment that is not crazy is that, if Perry had the authority to fire a district attorney, it would have been a lot easier for her to do that than to try to make Lehmberg resign by strong-arming her.

Since Perry was trying to accomplish something he did not have the authority to do directly, there is probably a reasonable argument that he was exceeding his authority and may have been acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

That does not mean the he committed a felony, and it is unlikely that a governor’s exercise of his veto power could possibly be a felony, unless it was exercised unconstitutionally (and possibly not even then). Remember the old adage that a decent district attorney should be able to obtain an indictment against a ham sandwich.

One thing is sure, even if there is uncertainty about the fate of these charges. Perry is not going to be the GOP presidential candidate in 2016, even if this whole thing is cleared up by then. The takeaway for other politicians with presidential ambitions should be to be careful about playing hardball with officials who have to power to play return hardball by indicting you on charges of official corruption.